Chronology of Events

May 2011

5 May 2011

International Call for Freedom for Arrested Turkish Journalists

(BIANET/IFEX) - The Telecommunication Communication Presidency (TIB) has banned 138 words and terms from the Internet. The list of "banned words" is the latest step in a series of oppressive actions that continue to increasingly restrict Internet freedom in Turkey.

In a notification sent to all service providers and hosting companies in Turkey on 28 April 2011, the TIB forwarded a list of banned words and terms. The list includes a number of "ordinary" words that can be deemed indispensible in usual everyday life... read more

4 May 2011

Telecommunications authority bans 138 words from the Internet

Representatives of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Association of European Journalists (AEJ), the World Association of Press Councils (WAPC), the World Editors Forum (WEF), the International Press Institue (IPI), Reporters without Borders(RSF), the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) came together in Istanbul on the World Press Freedom Day on 3 March for the Congress on Freedom for Journalists... read more

03 May 2011

Annual Media Monitoring Report 2010 ( Report from )

The BİA 2010 Annual Media Monitoring Report claims that 220 people, among them 104 journalists, were tried for the opinions they voiced in words and writing in 2010. Penalties handed down by the ECHR were on the rise as well as domestic convictions under the Anti-Terror Law. 30 journalists were in jail.

According to the BİA 2010 Media Monitoring Report, 220 people, 104 of whom are journalists, were tried in the scope of freedom of thought and freedom of expression in 2010. The fines handed down to Turkey by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) increased to TL 547,300 (€ 281,100). 33 people were sentenced to imprisonment of 365 years and three months in total and monetary fines amounting to TL 49,200 (€24,500) under the Anti-Terror Law. 30 journalists are in prison.
On 56 pages, the report sums up the struggles of 777 people under the headings "killed journalists","attacks and threats", "arrests and detentions","trials related to press freedom and freedom of expression", "corrections and legal redress", "reactions to censorship and monopolization", "European Court of Human Rights",and"RTÜK applications".
The report cannot fully encompass all breaches of press freedom and freedom of expression. It rather aims at giving an idea about the situation regarding the quantity and quality of violations.

... read more (PDF)
... you can have the report also on the bianet webpage: